This 13 ½ inch tall doll was created by NIADA artist Martha Thompson in 1950. She has a porcelain shoulder head with molded and painted facial features and hair, a cloth body jointed at the shoulders and hips, and porcelain lower arms and legs. The legs end in molded black porcelain button boots. The head had blue glass eyes and brunette molded hair styled in braided pigtails. The back of the shoulder plate is incised, “Betsy.” She is dressed in her original white cotton dress with blue flowers and white cotton pin tucked and lace trimmed underclothing. Completing the outfit is a straw hat with flower decoration. The doll is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or repairs to the porcelain. There is a small stress line at the front lower end of the shoulder plate. This is not damage but would have occurred in the original firing of the doll. I love the happy character expression of this young girl. She would fit wonderfully in a collection of artist dolls or with German character dolls from the early 20th century.
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